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    "The move by Rutgers also signals another foothold in the state for students who are in the country illegally, and puts the state university on one side of a contentious issue that has divided the country."

    The wrong side. We're giving away our country.
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    @Thunderchicken universities decide who gets scholarships by their guidelines and the academic achievement of the student. Whether that student has legal standing to be here in that country or not is up to the student. The university system tends to be more international in nature than economics. This is the same philosophy that allows the free exchange of scientific information regardless of nationality or political.
    Employers are responsible for filing taxes on the business AND the people working for them. If the people working for them are here illegally that reflects on the taxes filed and becomes fraud on the federal level. Same thing with rentals/leases.
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    @russgus2000

    "Whether that student has legal standing to be here in that country or not is up to the student."
    Unless you're referring to a small child, yeah it is. And at that, whomever brought the child into the country bears the responsibility for them.

    "Employers are responsible for filing taxes on the business AND the people working for them."
    IIRC, I had to claim my kids scholarships on my taxes.(Too many years ago to remember exactly.)
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    @Thunderchicken ...and that means that as a parent, you are responsible for your child, not the university. That's the point I'm trying to make, the parents broke our laws. From what little this article has shown, he's trying to do right. IF he advocates that those knowingly breaking our laws to come here be given a free pass, then he and I have an issue.
    Barring that I think that those who came here as children and were allowed to stay here, for whatever reason, should be afforded the opportunity to seek citizenship.
    I'm not so generous in my opinion for their parents.
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    @Thunderchicken its different because this kid is smart, and will graduate with a degree from Rutgers........ Something your average trailer park conservative could never accomplish. This guy is not taking anything that could belong to a right winger
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    "Seems like fewer and fewer give a shit about the good old AMERICAN citizen"

    Yeah...especially all those corporations you repubs love so much.

    Act like you give a crap about America now....
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    @boombatic Those corporations, whether they provide jobs or not, ARE providing goods and services that YOU buy. And as long as you do, they are, indeed, going to care about the good old AMERICAN citizen.
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    @CaryNickel While they dodge taxes, and pay the lowest possible wages they can....yeah they REALLY care about something....but it's not America...
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    Let's just make it easier for illegal aliens, give them better benefits than citizens. You wonder why there is a problem with this country? When you glorify, promote and excel sometime that is breaking the law, you've got issues. Smh
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    No lawwas broken by this individual. He came when he was six, and is only illegal because his parents messed up.

    Be honest, you should only be shaking your head at your own ignorance
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    @ahsum99ss lol better benefits. Every citizen had an opportunity to get a scholarship, they aren't handed out for no reason! Maybe if American kids would stop being lazy and apply themselves instead of spending their time in school drinking, doing drugs and sleeping around, one of them would've gotten the scholarship
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    God DAMN it. I hope to hell Rutgers loses big time over this. Getting tired of illegals getting golden parachutes while the CITIZENS of this country keep getting screwed over.
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    @justapirate Good, then don't get so outraged about this kid having some success, since you're so educated and rich anyway, right?
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  • #116
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    we should be taking care of legal struggling American citizens not handing out free rides to illegal aliens. This kid should net even be allowed in one of our colleges.
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    these folks should no even be in the country,who ever did this needs to face charges. unless the law has been changed it is a crime to help illegal aliens stay in the country . rewarding them like this is helping them stay.
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    There are students who are citizens who deserve help and this left wing university encourages illegal students. Where are we going and why are we in a handbasket??
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    Undocumented = Illegal Alien = Criminal... This makes Rutgers University an ACCOMPLICE to criminal activity. This sort of thing is like spiting in the face of law abiding citizens.
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    unless the law has been changed it is still illegal to help illegal aliens stay in the country,too bad we cannot or have not charged obama for it.
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    Every time this kind of news is broadcast it shows that our policy is too weak. This criminal needs to be arrested and deported.
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    Rutgers should be prosecuted for aiding a abetting a criminal in the continued commission of a crime.
    They are giving PUBLIC money to an illegal alien. No different than an employer hiring an illegal. The only thing different is that the money is from the tax payers and not a private company.
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    I was under the impression that Rutgers is a private school. Even if it isn't, scholarships are not usually funded with taxpayer money, are they?
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    @Denizen_Kate
    It bis a Public University. The Scholarships are funded by public money, as are all their stuff.
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    41% of Rutgers' funding comes from government grants with another 28% from student tuition. I sure hope this scholarship is not coming from any of those sources.
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    @Denizen_Kate I don't think there is anything as a 100% private school. It is just a matter of how much is chipped in by the state or federal governments.
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    I was correct. From the source article. "Tello does have a waiver from deportation under an Obama administration initiative from 2012 that allows undocumented immigrants who came as minors to avoid removal for two years"

    So he is under the DACA which does not allow him to be here, it just means Obama isn't deporting at the moment.
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    @Yank
    As soon as the November elections are over...you are going to hear (until your ears are sore): "As of March 8, 2014, the Obama administration deported 2,087,456 people since fiscal 2009 according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)".

    GOP will run this...they want a share, if not more of the 12.2 million registered Latino voters.
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    Only thing i could think of is that they were here, processed, and sent for him afterward, and that maybe his process is so backlogged he was granted a waiver as "under review" or something.
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    He earned the scholarship academically and it's not his fault that he's in the country. He didn't say when he was 6, oh, I'll cross the border so when I turn 20, I'll be able to get a scholarship to Rutgers! He was brought here by his parents and he grew up here. I have less sympathy for the adults but I don't fault children for what their parents did and I don't expect children to pay the punishment.
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    "I have less sympathy for the adults but I don't fault children for what their parents did and I don't expect children to pay the punishment. "

    Punishment? No more like consequences. Just as we have to deal with the consequences of a dysfunctional immigration system.

    Just an aside, if Tello doesn't have to obey our immigration laws, what other laws is he exempt from? And better yet, how do I become exempt from laws that are counter to my desires?
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    @Thunderchicken he's not illegal. He's here legally on a waiver. As long as he continues to seek citizenship and prove himself as he has academically I have no problem with this.
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    @russgus2000

    "he's not illegal. He's here legally on a waiver."

    I may be able to agree somewhat, but I think my point still stands. As Speedieg posted "How is it that the parents have legal status but not the son". I think there's much more to this than the Politix article.

    Here's what really bothers me; "In 2012, the University of California, Berkeley, got a private grant of more than $1 million to provide scholarships to students in the country illegally..." IMO that's a big problem.
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    @Thunderchicken it's a big problem if they came here knowing they were breaking the law. If they grew up here, especially if they thought they WERE American, it's a problem, but not in the vein you're thinking.
    This is the gray area that no one wants to deal with. Too many take their side's hardline stand on this area and don't bother to take the whole picture into consideration.
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    Rutgers is a NJ public university. Two of my nephews went there. I just hope that by giving this kid a $22k scholarship that it wasn't tax dollars that were used, and that he didn't push out an actual American citizen.
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    some here are ok with it being taken from tax payers and taking away from a citizen who was trying to be a student there.

    since he is one to the token chosen wonder how low the bar was lowered and how far the deck was stacked in his favor.
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    @SAS86

    We'd be crazy to send them back.

    American Exceptionalism is based in the fact that we always have a steady supply of new immigrants, and the harder it is for them to get here, the more they contribute eventually.
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    And somewhere an American citizen was denied a scholarship because an illegal criminal got something for "free" that they didn't deserve. Thanks odumbo.
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    @JoseinThrdWrld And american citizens suffer because of it. BTW, republicans didn't give amnesty to these criminals. Dumbo did.
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    @Ets101592 There hasn't been any amnesty for illegal immigrants since the 1980's when Ronald Reagan granted it. I've never heard any of you guys refer to him as Dumbo, but I have to say, it does fit.
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    @ChuckM No, but he granted amnesty to the "dreamers" and this illegal alien got it. Now, and American citizen will be denied a scholarship because this illegal got it. An American citizen will be denied a seat in classes, because an illegal alien got that seat.
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